Saturday, September 10, 2011

Kelab Putera 1Malaysia Mission to Somalia Was It For Humanitarian Or Political Reason

Saturday, 10th September 2011

If not because of the death of a BERNAMA TV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, I would not paid much attention to the activities of this organization because I knew who these people and the motives of their activities were.

The Motives of the Club Mission to Somalia : For Humanitarian or Political Reason?

The death of a BERNAMA TV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor had been given wider coverage from UMNO newspaper and TV stations compared to the the coverage they gave to the death of five soldiers serving the United Nations Operations in Somalia (Unosom) between 1993 and 1994. These five soldiers were Cpl Mat Aznan Awang who was mortally wounded in a military operation to rescue United States Army Rangers, made famous by the movie Black Hawk Down, in October 1993, next Staff Sgt Azman Mohamed Tahir, of the 21st Special Forces Group and Cpl Gani Binyol of the 6th Royal Ranger Regiment who were killed in an ambush during a UN escort mission in Mogadishu, the fourth and fifth soldier that perished in Somalia were Sgt Abdul Kadir Bakri and Cpl Azhear Shuib, of 22nd Commando, died in separate accidents while patrolling the devastated city.

I am not against any efforts by the government or NGO to assist late Noramfaizaul's family, but the assistance should not be more or the same with those given to the soldiers' families. Those five soldiers were died while on tour of duty serving the Yang DiPertuan Agong whereas BERNAMA cameraman was killed while serving the Kelab Putera 1Malaysia anchored by UMNO for political reason. If we look back at the composition of the member of the Kelab Putera 1Malaysia that went for the mission to Somalia, we would realized that most of them were from the members of press own by UMNO. The group were led by Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim who was an UMNO man. The mission was more toward  publicity than humanitarian. Did anyone realise that the mission was  received more media coverage compared to the one given to the Malaysian soldiers that went for UN Peacekeeping mission. Let me ask all Malaysians out there inclusive the members of Kelab Putera 1Malaysia? How many Malaysian soldiers are there on UN Peacekeeping mission abroad  leaving their wives or  children behind?

This picture shown one of the house own by poor Sarawakian (Not in Somalia). To Kelab Putera 1Malaysia (UMNO) wasn't it was to help poor Malaysians compare to the poor from other country?

If the Kelab Putera 1Malaysia really sincere to helping the needy, they can help those in Malaysia such as the widows and family members of the ex-armed forces or the police. On top of that there are many Malaysians especially those in rural Sarawak and Sabah that live under the poverty line. Why we need to waste our monies (the tax payers monies actually) abroad if there are still lot of Malaysians that needed assistance?
To conclude, I would like to remind Kelab Putera 1Malaysia, not to waste tax payers monies abroad and if you have extra monies please spend them on poor Malaysians who still live under the poverty line.

Mupok Aku

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